Mitch Blair is Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health and joined the Division of Paediatrics in 1998 and is currently based at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow.
He joined the School of Public Health in 2019 collaborating closely with the Child Health Unit. He has a background in medical education, epidemiology and health services research. His primary research interests are in preventive child health programmes, international child health indicators and child health services research.
He recently led the €7 million EU Horizon 2020 project MOCHA (Models of Child Health Appraised), analysing Primary Child Health care across 30 countries in Europe which was completed in 2019 and has been published as an Open Access book.
He also runs an MSc Module on Child Public Health in the Paediatrics MSc and an Early Years module for the Lifecourse course of the Global Master of Public Health (GMPH) for the School of Public Health together with Professor Sonia Saxena and Dr Dougal Hargreaves.
He was lead for undergraduate paediatric medicine from 2005-2018 and pioneered the “Follow My Footsteps” scheme with Dr Bob Boyle attaching students to a pregnant woman and her family to be prospectively followed up during the first two years.
His most recent research is in developing a better understanding of unscheduled acute care in young children and exploring interventions which may reduce this. (BLUEPRINTS trial)
et al., 2020, Nutritional rickets under 16 years: UK surveillance results, Archives of Disease in Childhood, Vol:105, ISSN:0003-9888, Pages:587-592
et al., 2020, European Union initiatives in child immunization-the need for child centricity, e-health and holistic delivery, European Journal of Public Health, Vol:30, ISSN:1101-1262, Pages:449-455
et al., 2020, Trends in healthcare use in children aged less than 15 years; a population-based cohort study in England from 2007 to 2017, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055
Plumptre I, Tolppa T, Blair M, 2020, Parent and staff attitudes towards in-hospital opportunistic vaccination, Public Health, Vol:182, ISSN:0033-3506, Pages:39-44
et al., Frequent attendances at emergency departments in England, Emergency Medicine Journal, ISSN:1472-0205